Poynte | Discreet Enemy (THC Recordings)


This album rages in all the right places.

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With the flush of new metal bands debuting recently, it’s easy to get lost in a plethora of heavy guitars, screamed, guttural vocals, and bad, over-repeated guitar riffs…

…and then, there is the light at the end of the hard-rock tunnel, and it is called Poynte.

With the release of its newest opus, Discreet Enemy, the band delivers a 12-track sonic boom. Hailing from Atlanta, the quintet is clear and precise. Opening with the scathing title track, this album instantly goes for the heavy metal jugular. With riffs galore and vocal melodies that are almost instantly memorable, the group brings to mind acts like Black Veil Brides and Bullet for My Valentine. The dual guitar work of Matt Bryant and Jake O’Donnell is clean, with the two trading riffs back and forth with elite precision. Bassist Ben Greener and drummer Josh Fuller provide a noir performance and background, rounded out by vocalist Kenny Hawthorne (a breath of fresh air in a genre currently overrun with screamers who won’t have a voice in five years), whose gritty tenor holds a melody superbly.

Produced by Thom Hazaert and Jonathan Newsome, the material is tailored and slick. From the unmistakable riff of “Picture Frames,” which makes head-banging impossible to pass up, to “Hold On,” with its subdued vocal and heavy rhythm, this album rages in all the right places. Each track stands on its own merits, creating a collection of heavy metal songs worthy of praise. Discreet Enemy has been given the starmaker’s touch, mixed by Andy Reilly (The Cult, Iron Maiden, The Police).

Live, Poynte hhasave shared the stage with artists like Nonpoint, Shinedown, Godsmack, and Papa Roach. One hopes for an intimate headlining tour to come very soon. Overall, if this is the kind of release we have to look forward to in 2016, then bring it on.

This is an album by a band I suspect we will hear more from in the near future. Put them on your radar! B+ | Marc Farr

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